Online Program Management Providers and Higher Education: A Revelatory Case Study on Value Co-Creation
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
J. Patrick Biddix
Jimmy Cheek, Lane Morris, Mary Lynne Derrington
With an increase in distance learning and online degree programs, many higher education institutions have partnered with online program management (OPM) providers, leading to a dramatic growth of the OPM industry over the past decade. The purpose of this study was to develop an empirically based understanding of the value proposition of entities of higher education partnering with OPMs through an in-depth, revelatory case study of value co-creation as experienced in the partnership between a doctoral research institution, specifically an academic department, and its OPM provider. The following research question guided this study: How does an OPM co-create value with an institutional partner? The partnership was analyzed to unveil how the academic department and OPM operated within their partnership, and findings revealed how and to what extent the partnership revealed the dimensional elements of value co-creation. A rich description is provided along with findings to promote transferability for institutional administrators and policymakers. Findings have implications for the future of distance education and higher education practices and policies.
Svoboda, Britta, "Online Program Management Providers and Higher Education: A Revelatory Case Study on Value Co-Creation. " PhD diss., University of Tennessee, 2022.
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